Top Common Mistakes Made When Buying Shipping Containers

At Flintham Cabins we are aware of and understand the confusion around making a decision about purchasing the right shipping container for your needs. Certain uses and features of shipping containers mean some containers would be unsuitable for specific requirements. Would you be better off buying a completely new container or is a second-hand container more than suitable?

Are you a first-time buyer of a shipping container? Watch out for these common mistakes!

Buying the Wrong Type of Shipping Container

One of the most common mistakes when buying a shipping container is buying the wrong one! One thing to remember is that a shipping container is not just an empty box but has specific measurements, uses, and features that make it suitable for a range of different activities or purposes. Overlooking smaller details may cost you in the long run.


Buying a New Container Iinstead of a Used One

Buying a new container over an old container holds advantages and disadvantages. New containers allow for a varied choice in style, size and customisation and reassure your worries over quality. However, is there necessarily a need for a new container? Used containers are a much more affordable option and still in good condition, serving you for many years. Re-using used containers is also a much more environmentally friendly option. Research which container would be best for you and avoid thinking new is always best.


Buying a Used Container and Assuming It Is in Good Condition

Another mistake when buying shipping containers is not carrying out enough research. Assuming used containers will be in good condition for use is a rooky mistake. Viewing the container in person allows you to view the interior and exterior of the container in detail and to analyse any faults, which images of the container may not account for. Buying a used container in poor condition may cost you more money to refurbish or even scrap altogether than the original cost.



Buying Containers That are Not Ready for Use

If you want a container to use straight away after purchase, then you need to be sure of what you are buying. For example, a shipping container must have an inspection certificate or similar document stating whether it is suitable for shipping. Some used containers may be rusty and need refurbishing before they can be used for their intended purpose.


Buying from a Trusted Provider

When making any purchase it is always important to know who you’re buying from and, in terms of shipping containers, whether you can rely upon them as a suitable container provider. Carry out research, search their website and contact them to check they will deliver the promised service instead of wasting your money on an unreliable company.

For more information on the best shipping container for your needs, get in touch with us at Flintham Cabins or call us on 0208 459 6972 and we will be more than happy to answer any of your container related questions.

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